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A Green Guelph?

It’s a little quiet out there today so far, so let me say I’m also going to place my money on the Guelph riding as being the riding where Green Party leader Elizabeth May will run for Parliament in the next election. There are several factors why this riding would be her best shot at winning;

– Mark Taylor has a list of reasons at his blog (he’s a Green Party supporter).

– Dan Arnold (known better by his CalgaryGrit blog and handle) also put out a list of ridings where Guelph ranked #1 in criteria (though interestingly, Dan figured she’d rather run in the Saanich-Gulf Islands Islands riding […]

Liberal strategists, please take note; Harper isn’t serious about EI reform.

What do I base my title’s premise on? Check out one of the MP’s that Harper decided to appoint to the “Blue Ribbon” panel on Employment Insurance reform this fall – none other then his parliamentary secretary and worst smear-artist hack in the House of Commons, Pierre Poilievre.

I would think the panel will probably be behind closed doors, so Pierre may not pull as many histrionics due to the fact he can’t get them covered in the media as well as he might like, but in my opinion, with this appointment, Harper has no intention of putting forth anything concrete on the EI reform front. You don’t put […]

Jim Flaherty doesn’t take defeat well..

A funny story in the Star today (if true) about Jim Flaherty’s reaction to his wife Christine Elliott placing 3rd in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, won by Tim Hudak:

While Elliott coped well with defeat, her husband, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, appeared bitter during the crowded celebration at a downtown pub, astonishing Tories with his demeanour. Three sources told the Star that Flaherty told Tory MPP Ernie Hardeman (Oxford) to “f— off” because he hadn’t supported Elliott.

I’m no fan of Ernie’s, but Flaherty doesn’t know Ernie’s political ideology very well if he thought that Hardeman was going to support a “Red Tory” (or at least a […]

A Saturday Nanos poll.

Here’s a new poll released by Nanos Research for folks to pore over today.

The gist of it is that in comparing this poll to the Nanos one taken in May, the Liberals dropped slightly and the Conservatives gained marginally, but the Liberals still lead nationally (Liberal 36.3%, Conservative 32.2%). Check out the regional breakdowns though; some very interesting shifts from region to region for all the parties.

Also, despite the attack ads launched by the Conservatives, Canadians still have a more positive view of Michael Ignatieff then negative. Not so for Harper; those Canadians with a negative view of him far outdistances those who view him positively.

You know its the end of the week on political blogs…

…when an offhand status message you leave on Facebook about your favourite ginger-ale gets turned into a blogpost. I know Parliament is out of session, but I didn’t think it was that slow in Ottawa yet.

Nonetheless, yes.. I think Vernors is the greatest ginger-ale out there. Sorry, Canada Dry, but ginger ales that taste more like Jamaican ginger beer appeal to me – and Vernors is the closest in taste that comes to that in my opinion (but I do like your cranberry ginger ale at holiday time in the winter).

Harper trying to avoid being seen as directly responsible for attack ads on Iggy.

I’ve seen a few blogs out there commenting on Harper’s extreme discomfort on being challenged over the Conservative Party’s “just visiting” attack ads on Michael Ignatieff – discomfort to the point of Harper conceding that Anyone (including Ignatieff) can be PM, and seemingly backing off or even disavowing his Conservative Party’s recent attack ads and their main attack line.

As my title says, I think the reason Harper is doing this is to avoid being seen as being directly responsible for these ads, or directly endorsing them. This, I feel, is so that in any future ad run that might cause a backlash towards the Conservative Party for being over […]

Glass half empty or half full?

I’m not sure whether this is good or not:

Former deputy prime minister John Manley will take over as the chief lobbyist for Canada’s blue-chip chief executives, starting in January of next year. Manley was named Thursday as the incoming CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, succeeding long-time head Thomas d’Aquino who is leaving after nearly two decades on the job.

Thomas D’Acquino was no particular favourite of mine, and installing Manley in here should theoretically make the group more “liberal”. However, Manley hasn’t exactly publicly done the Liberal Party many favours recently. He also is a definite big business/corporate Liberal, which is the reason why he’s been […]

Medical Isotopes Shortage Tracker

I’ve noticed a couple of blogs carrying a symbol at their blog that links to a site called the “Isotope Shortage Tracker”. When you click on this symbol, it takes you to a Google Map that lists places in Canada that have reported delays in tests for cancer patients due to the continuing shortage of medical isotopes in Canada. There are a couple of other things on the map (where the H1N1 virus has been reported for example), but the primary goal of this map is to show where the isotope shortage in Canada has affected hospitals, doctors, and people.

I will be introducing that symbol to my sidebar as […]

Will Ottawa Citizen reporter Mike Blanchfield get arrested for breaching “national security”?

I ask that because he stumbled onto a Treasury Board website that lists the cost of the Afghanistan war to Canadians over the next 2 years as being 1.35 BILLION $ higher then what was predicted by the Dept of Defence a year ago, and as you might remember, that very same Defence Dept refused to give out the figures for the costs, citing “national security” as its reasoning.

I’m being slightly tongue in cheek there on his being arrested. I’m being slightly less tongue in cheek when I say I half expect the webmaster of the aforementioned Treasury Board website to be unemployed rather soon, for not remembering to […]

Canadians For Digital Privacy. Fight Bill C-46 and C-47 in their present form.

You may remember a blogpost I did a couple of days ago where I said a couple of proposed new bills from the Conservative government may be a new threat to privacy rights in Canada. Those would be Bill C-46 and C-47, which among other things would grant police eavesdropping and snooping powers on the internet without needing to get a warrant from a judge.

I said there should and would be opposition to these bills, and the first step in that public opposition has formed on the internet with the formation of this group – Canadians For Digital Privacy, which briefly explains why it has formed this group and […]

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